Lara van Ruijven with her Olympic bronze medal during the ceremony in De Grote Kerk in The Hague in 2018.
Ⓒ ANP / HH
sport“>The dramatic news hit the Hardrijvereniging Den Haag Westland (HVHW) like a bomb, where Lara van Ruijven made her first laps on the ice. As a 7-year-old she reported in the Haagse Uithof, where it soon became clear that she had talent as a short track star. “She was already very social and sweet at the time, but the sparks splashed on the ice. This falls raw on our roof. It is beyond comprehension ”, chairman Bert van Lobenstein of the HVHW short track department is shocked. “When I heard it, I whined.”